Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva this week slammed the UN’s inability to create a Palestinian State in the same manner that it established the state of Israel in 1948.

The UN was so strong that, in 1948, it managed to create the State of Israel. In 2023, it fails to create a Palestinian state.

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva holds a joint press conference with the Spanish prime minister at La Moncloa Palace in Madrid on April 26, 2023 [Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images]

Speaking during an official visit to Spain, Lula continued: We live in the world where the UN Security Council, the permanent members, they are the ones who sell the most weapons in the world, they are the biggest participants in wars in the world.

When the USA invaded Iraq, there was no discussion in the Security Council. When France, Italy and England invaded Libya and Yemen or when Russia invaded Ukraine, there was no discussion either.

Astonished by the reduced role non-member states play in the international organization, he asked the UN Security Council not to limit itself to its permanent members.

I am therefore left wondering whether it is up to us, other countries that are not permanent [members] of the UN Security Council, to make a change.

Why aren’t Brazil, Spain, Japan, Germany, India, Nigeria, Egypt, and South Africa [ permanent members]? The winners of the Second World War currently determine that, but the world has changed.

We need to build a new international mechanism that does things differently. I think it’s time for us to start changing things and it’s time for us to create a G20 of Peace, which should be the UN.

His calls were slammed by the pro-Israel group, StandWithUs Brasil, who said: Contrary to what the president of the Republic, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said, Israel was not created by the United Nations, but by Great Britain’s Sykes Picot and Bretton Woods agreements.

In 1947, what the UN Partition advocated was the creation of two countries, one for Jews and the other for Arabs. The Jews accepted; the Arabs did not.

The State of Israel was founded after a war waged by the armies of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq against the Jews.

Members of the Front in Defence of the Palestinian People meet with officials from the Brazilian Presidency’s Communications Office (Secom) in Brasilia [Lucas Leffa/Secom]

As for a State for Palestinians, neither the UN nor other international organizations currently have the role of creating it, unless Palestinians and Israelis themselves come to seal the peace independently.

A delegation from the Front in Defense of the Palestinian People met with officials from the Brazilian Presidency’s Communications Office (Secom) in Brasilia on Monday to highlight the grave situation lived by the Palestinian people under occupation and ask Luis Inacio Lula da Silva’s administration to recognize and denounce Israel’s apartheid policies.

The delegation asked the new government to take the lead in Latin American and the Global South in recognizing the regime imposed by Israel over the Palestinian people as apartheid in the UN General Assembly and Security Council.

Ricardo Zamora, Secom’s executive officer, and Marcelo Cafrune, chief of staff, welcomed the delegation which included members of the Latin-Palestinian Forum (Sao Paulo) and the Palestinian Society (Brasilia).

During the first two months of 2023 alone, Israeli forces murdered over 60 Palestinians in the occupied territories. A one-day assault on Nablus on February 22, left 11 dead and a hundred wounded.

Settlers also set dozens of houses and vehicles on fire, and killed a religious leader in Huwara, in the same region, a letter delivered to the president’s team said.

They also called on Lula’s administration to intervene to release 36-year-old Islam Hamed, a Palestinian-Brazilian citizen who has been in Israeli jails since he was a teenager.

Middle East Monitor / ABC Flash Point News 2023.

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Rita Lamar
Rita Lamar
04-05-23 21:26

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Karl not telling You
Karl not telling You
05-05-23 11:24

That is because the UN was created to establish Israel and leave Palestine out of the equation?